Joseph Swan Winery
Cuvée de Trois -Pinot Noir 2014
Russian River Valley, USA
In the past, a Pinot Noir from Russian River impressed me; so when I saw this bottle at Berry Bros & Rudd, I bought it without thinking twice. It is a 100% Pinot Noir from vineyards located 25/30 km away from the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Russian River Valley. This American Viticulture Area (AVA) having very cool and foggy conditions, it is renowned for high quality and elegant Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Cheers!
In the glass the wine has a charming garnet colour. The intensity is medium to pale. There are some tartaric crystals on the cork and few sediments at the bottom.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. It is a kaleidoscope of ripe red fruits as strawberry and red cheery, with floral notes of violet and iris. Already at the first sniff, the nectar promises extremely well. There are vibrant notes of black pepper but gunpowder. But the strawberry dominates the aromatic palette, leaving sometimes space to more sophisticated hints of dried flowers. As secondary aromas, there are vanilla and a drop of coffee. The tertiaries are quite subdued despite the age, but there are hints of meat, fine leather and just a feeble hint of farmyard. A couple of hours after the uncorking, the aromatic palette becomes more rounded and opulent, with even fragrance of black fruits and raspberry cream. So yummy!
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium-high level of acidity. The tannins are rounded and pure silk on the palate. The alcohol is high (14.5%) but it is almost imperceptible. The flavour intensity is pronounced and the lasting long. It is an explosion of ripe fruits, with sharp notes of kirsch. As secondary, beyond the vanilla, we have closed, and a light touch of smoke. As tertiaries, again the leather and a sprinkling of dark chocolate.
It is perfectly balanced, has intensity and lasting. I was expecting more complexity, especially more tertiaries notes. But I do still enjoy it… and a lot! The aromatic bouquet is a triumph of ripe fruits and floral fragrances. It is ready to be uncorked now, but it has also a long journey in front of it. It is lovely by its own, and has enough muscles to tame a thick sirloin steak.
Final vote: 93
Price: £38.5 at Berry Bros & Rudd